Jun 29, 2015
I might be giving up my reputation as a mover and shaker here, but New York City frazzles me. The Big Apple is busy, crowded, and literally never sleeps. Since moving away, I don’t necessarily miss the bright lights, but I can’t help but feeling a small sense of homecoming on the occasions that I return.
Walking own 34th, I did enjoy the sights, some of them old, some new. In the knick-knack shops that carry a lot of the keepsakes visitors treasure, one gets to see the same mini-statuettes, t-shirts, bedazzled hats and I LOVE NY paraphernalia that are as much a part of the experience as the landmarks. One thing that stood out was the sheer amount of mobile technology that is front and center in these stores. Even in the tight spaces, there is serious shelf space allocated to phones, cameras, selfie sticks, headphones… even drones. One hates to window shop, but it really cannot be helped; it’s a tech feen’s paradise.
I remember riding subways way back when. It was an impersonal affair, with the occasional appearance of a tape-laden Walkman. Now, it is still just as impersonal, but I was fascinated by how much of tech melting spot a single carverse could be. New Yorkers, as always, are not that enthralled with only the big brands. Beats headphones and iPhones were all over the place, but so where other brands. And yes, Android definitely has mindshare, with several devices from different manufacturers. When the Wall Street crowd hit the train, the technology pieces on display were pretty impressive. Just about everybody had a smartdevice of some kind, and a set of headphones to match. Power players in business suits rocking fitness bands.
The WTC Memorial was a whirlwind of activity, with a seemingly endless sea of people sharing in honoring those whose loss united the world. It was a somber moment, and touching those names is something one won’t soon forget. It was the one place that we saw the most selfie sticks, but they were probably used here rarely.
It’s a different world, and it is helped along, observed and recorded with personal gizmos most of us take for granted.
New York… technology melting pot.